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Overview

Quite a while ago already there was this wish starting to cherish at the back of my mind. Time passed and with this passing the longing for its fulfillment was growing and growing  as well. It dominated even my thinking, not only by day when my ear caught that special but unmistakeable sound but even at night I had my dreams about it…

Although it did not look like in the morning, just around noon, after a few days of absence, I heard that very familiar sound again. I was startled. Would my long cherished wish really become materialized soon? It was less than an hour later that the six of us were the ones partly responsible for that very familiar sound, we miss so much on Inis Meáin, when it is not there…

After having gone through all the needed formalities we all were asked to occupy our assigned seats. Then the moment of taking off arrived.

Despite of the high speed it seemed, as soon as we were in the air, as if we were just hanging there like  a bird of prey, searching eagerly for known places.

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Inis Óirr pier and ferry

On our way towards the Burren we saw the ferry waiting for the next sailing at the pier of Inis Óirr. Then we viewed the greenness, more onshore, and the barren rocks of the Burren.

The Burren from the air

The Burren

The view from above was grand. Especially when we went slanting from the north towards the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher Aerial photo

Towards the Cliffs of Moher

And back along the coastal line of the Cliffs.

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The Islands of Brannock and Rock

When we were heading for the most westerly point of Inis Mór with the little islands of Brannocks and Rock, we had a lovely view on the location of  the three Islands of Aran.

Dún Aonghasa aerial photo

Dún Aongusa

Black Fort Aran Islands

Dún Dubh

Back again along the cliffs with lovely views on Dún Aongusa and Dún Dubh, further to the east.

Fort on Inis Meáin Aran Islands

Dún Fearbhaigh

On our way back to Inis Meáin there was a lovely view on the rectangular fort Dún Fearbhaigh in Baile Mhuir. All these lovely experiences we had in forty five minutes.

The scenery was already there for centuries, but Aer Árann Islands provided the view from above!

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin

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Anamchara retreat. Click the image for more.

Essence

On Inis Meáin we would say go breá (it is a fine and clear day). One perfect like this, there was a couple of days ago: the sky was of a tender light blue colour, hardly any wind  and the view was lovely  on the twelve pins of Connemara in the North and on the Cliffs of Moher in the East. An ideal condition for a long walk along the cliffs of Inis Meáin. So…as go brach liom (out with me).

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View of the Cliffs of Moher

I took the road to the left, heading for Cinn na Bhaile (the Head of Town).While passing some of the little fields I saw  the hay put against the stone walls, carefully bound together in bundles, waiting to be dried completely.

Coming up the highest terrace I got an overview about what I could expect more properly at the end of the tamarcan road. There I took the bit of a step leading to Cathaoir Synge (Synge’s Chair). It is in this field one actually comes across the two sorts of lines carved in the stones: the crooked and  the straight one. It came to my mind  a stone carver had been at work, making lines nicely with a sharp knife!

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Crooked and straight lines

Sometime later when I passed beyond the chair, I saw  the first cliffs coming into sight. These were lightened up by the sun, looking like organ pipes, massive in posture and highly straightened up in the air.  A moment later I arrived on the spot facing the rocks being worn out by the waves continuously. It was as if an engineer had prepared his version of a Roman bridge.

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Roman Bridge

Further on my way I felt being in a large stock house, stones of different shape and sizes piled up in a well organised way or… just waiting to be organised.

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Piled up stones and stock house

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Piled up stones and stock house

Every time again I have to make the effort to make clear: it is nature which provides humans with ideas and not the other way around…

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin.

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NG Explorer visits Inis Mór and Cliffs of Moher.

The NG Explorer spent last night anchored off Inis Mór . This afternoon the ship went on a sightseeing trip to the Cliffs of Moher.

I happened to be in Clare today and was lucky enough to see this fine ship passing by.

I regret that I only had a cameraphone with me so the photos are not great quality.

The National Geographic Explorer is a 112m passenger ship registered in the Bahamas.

Did you know that Dún Aenghus on Inis Mór is in the National Geographic TOP 10 Ocean Views. Check it out HERE

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The NG Explorer.

 

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NG Explorer in Kilronan bay. Picture from Joe Watty's Bar and Restaurant

See her track around the Clare coast today in the screenshot below supplied by marinetraffic.com

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NG Explorer track around the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. Screenshot from MARINETRAFFIC.COM

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National Geographic Explorer and O'Brien's Castle

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NG Explorer at the Cliffs-Of-Moher

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 The Aran Islands